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Foot and ankle surgery

We treat foot and ankle pain through a variety of effective treatment and surgery options.

There are many reasons why an ankle or foot might hurt. You may have a condition such as arthritis or bunions (a bony lump that forms on the side of the foot), or you might have sustained an injury. You may be experiencing pain due to overuse, wear and tear, or simply because you’re wearing shoes that don’t fit you correctly. Your feet and ankles play a prominent role in your support, balance and mobility. When your feet and ankles are working properly, you should be able to bend and twist your feet, flexing them in a full range of motion. They play a vital role when walking and running. As a result, when something goes wrong with them it can have a significant impact on your daily life.  

The foot and ankle comprises of thirty-three individual joints and more than one hundred muscles and tendons. As a result, there are a huge range of conditions that may impair the functionality of your feet and ankles. You may experience pain in the ankle due to arthritis or pain in the heel due to a sporting injury. We are proud to facilitate hundreds of foot and ankle specialists who can help improve your mobility and reduce your pain through a variety of treatment options. This might be through surgery or more passive methods, such as physiotherapy. 

Foot and ankle pain comes in many forms. It can cause swelling of the ankle or numbness in the toes. A wide variety of conditions may be the cause of foot and ankle pain. These include: 

Bunions: These are bony lumps that form on the side of the toes. Bunions can be very painful when you walk as they put pressure on the side of the foot. Bunions can only be treated through surgery.  

Achilles tendonitis:
This is caused when the Achilles tendon, which is at the back of the ankle, becomes inflamed or irritated. Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are pain and swelling around the affected ankle. Achilles tendonitis can be treated through physiotherapy or surgery. 

This is caused when a fluid-filled sac called a bursa in the ankle becomes painful and swollen. This can be treated with steroid injections. 

Plantar fasciitis: One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. It can be treated through physiotherapy. 

Your foot and ankle treatment will be carried out by our multidisciplinary team, comprising dedicated Consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, radiologists and more. 

Our specialist foot and ankle units, spread across our hospitals, feature advanced diagnostic equipment that helps us provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of your problem.  

Whether you have foot and ankle pain caused by arthritis or an injury, such as a fracture of the foot, our team will strive to ensure you experience increased mobility and pain relief through effective treatment. 

Bunion removal surgery

Bunion removal surgery is a common procedure in the treatment of bunion pain. It involves making a small cut in the skin over the toe, then scraping away the bunion. Finally, the toe is straightened and fixed in place using metal screws.

Arthroscopic ankle surgery

Ankle arthroscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is often carried out to diagnose and treat ankle pain. During this procedure, a small incision will be made to allow your surgeon to insert a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into your ankle to diagnose the source of your pain.

Arthritis treatments

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints. It can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Treatments for arthritis in the foot and ankle range from physiotherapy to steroid injections.

Total ankle replacement surgery

A total ankle replacement, which is also called an ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace the damaged articular surfaces of the ankle joint with prosthetic components.

Booking your foot and ankle treatment with us differs depending on your condition and recommended treatment option. 

To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced orthopaedic Consultants. This is a simple and fast process. You can also book your consultation by calling us directly.

To familarise yourself with the many foot and ankle treatment options that we offer, you can read our informative, in-depth treatment pages. This could help you to decide which treatment option might suit you best.

At your consultation, you will likely receive important diagnostic testing and discuss the right treatment option for you with your Consultant. 

Specialists offering Foot and ankle surgery

Mr Karan Johal

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

BMBS (Hons0 MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Sunil Bajaj

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Glasgow), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr John McAllister

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS(Orth) FRCS (Ed)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Professor Anand Pillai

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon


BMI The Highfield Hospital 1 more BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Dr Gerald Coakley

Consultant Rheumatologist


BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Akinwande Adedapo

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS 1989 , FRCS 1993, FRCS(Tauma and Orthopaedic Surgery) 1998 FRCSC (Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) 2012 Surgical Leadership Fellow 2019( Harvard University, Harvard medical school)

BMI Woodlands Hospital

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